Local governments matter, not a little, but a lot. Where I live preparations for a flood are underway. Watching local city and county people make decisions and carry them out is reassuring.
I don’t have this feeling about state or federal governments. Our state legislature does a good job managing its money, but it has become disconnected with reality on abortion.
The federal government does the best it can given how large and diverse our country is. I wish more of my thinking would prevail, but I’m grateful for what liberal laws are passed.
While most local governments do very well, they are never easy to manage. Citizens expect their local officials to be accessible to them. I’ve know Mayors in smaller cities who owned retail businesses. Some almost lost their businesses because residents could walk in any time and bend their ear. Paying customs grew impatient and shopped elsewhere.
This access to local officials makes it difficult to manage cities’ money as well. A variety of constituencies compete for this money. Officials have the responsibility for the safety of citizens, but when close friends and neigbors want more of the pie for other things, it’s tough.
The easiest thing to tell all them is yes, I’ll find the money for you. Everyone knows the consequences of saying that. But, saying no has consequences as well.
The latest city to fail is Stockton, California. We can expect some failures every year.
Saying no is so difficult, some cities just can’t do it.
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